Ban on lobbyist gifts in Missouri likely to fail

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) The sponsor of a proposal to ban lobbyist gifts to Missouri elected officials says there's no way the bill will pass before lawmakers' Friday evening deadline.

Hermann Republican Rep. Justin Alferman told The Associated Press that he doesn't believe the legislation will pass by the 6 p.m. end of the annual session.

Some legislators for years have tried and failed to ban lobbyist gifts to themselves and other elected officials.

The latest online records show lobbyists have given legislators more than $800,000 in gifts this year. Those include St. Louis Blues hockey tickets and expensive dinners.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens pledged during his campaign to ban all lobbyist gifts. While he banned the practice among state executive employees, it appears he will fall short on his broader promise.